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walks onto the debate stage wednesday night, mitt romney will now he's behind. know he needs to catch up. needs to win the night. what can he show of himself that he hasn't shown before and what does he need to show of barack obama that we don't already know? seeing is believing. the three times the debates have changed the lead in a presidential race. each time it was about the words, but also that something else, something that told voters what they didn't know and all of a sudden mattered a lot. and finally, bad numbers. barack obama's ahead in nearly every national poll and battle ground state poll. but what do we really make of the crunchers who say mitt romney has just a 1-5 chance to win this election? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john, trish and kelly and the huffington post's d howard. with just over a month to go for mitt romney, given the polls, the debates may be it. it could change the narrative that has dogged him or cemented. romney has the same urgent must-do list that he at the republican convention. only now could be his
>>> 24 this morning on "meet the press," mitt romney needs a game changer. is the first presidential debate it? >>> his back now against the wall, romney is behind in all of our background polls. the candidate presses for a rebound. >> we do not want four more years of where we've been. i reprent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic g
back the other way, and i think the beginning of that is wednesday night when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> how do you restart a campaign, governor, at that last moment where you can reach tens of millions of people? why isn't it too late to believe that after you announce your running mate, after you have your own convention, that you can restart with the presidential debates? >> absolutely. you'll have tens of millions of people for the very first time, david, really tuning in and paying attention to this race. and also for the first time you're going to have them be able to make a direct side-by-side comparison. remember, at the end of the day, campaigns are about the candidates. and they're going to be able to see the two candidates next to each other, debating each other, and governor
was a reaction to what had just happened hours before in cairo. >> reporter: mitt romney says it raises questions to how the first statements could be so wrong. >> there was a great deal of confusion about that from the very beginning on the part of the administration. and whether that was something they were trying to paper over, or whether it was instead just confusion to give an uncertain intelligence report, time will tell. >> reporter: intelligence officials tonight say they offered their honest assessment at the time, and warned that the information was preliminary. republicans note that even the democrat whose chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, john kerry, wants more answers, co-signing a bipartisan letter asking for more details. but he told nbc's andrea mitchell that it should not be a partisan issue. >> the republicans are working overtime to try to exploit a very normal, run of the course, administrative letter that we agreed to on a bipartisan basis in our committee, simply to get some additional questions put in front of the state department. >> reporter: republicans
tonight, the reset for mitt romney, or so they hope coming off a bad weeks, unleashing a new attack on president obama, regarding the chaos in the east. >>> and fighting breast cancer, what they hope can be a new breakthrough in a new roadmap to more effective teaching. >>> and education nation summit, what is coming to just about every school in the country. question is, are teachers and students ready for what is on the way. >>> a broken heart, could it really be fatal? tonight, the doctors who say yes and warn that women have the most to worry about. >>> and the panda, why it is proving so difficult to save these animals. >>> this is nbc nightly news with brian williams. >>> good evening, if the race for president seems to have an urgency not fully supported by the calendar, then think of it this way. there are roughly a thousand hours to go before the election. every day and moment counts for the incumbent president and the man trying to unseat him. while both men have squared off in separate interviews over the last 24 hours, the first debate is still at least week away. and co
of fund-raising in california, mitt romney is now taking his campaign back to the bat ground states. we will show you what issues they are focusing on now. >>> happening right now, firefighters in southern california are rushing to contain this brushfire near the mexico border. the fire started this afternoon 65 miles east of san diego. within hours the flames spread to 1,000 acres. that's a mile and a half square. those who live nearby are under evacuation orders tonight. so far, no up with has been injured an the cause of the fire surnd investigation. >>> in the race for the white house, mitt romney answered the question today on whether his campaign is off course. that while republican supporters are demanding more from their candidate. here's nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: looking to bounce back from a rough couple of weeks, the romney campaign is defiantly optimistic, but aware of the urgency to avoid distractions and effectively deliver its economic message. >> getting america back to work again. having people have dignity of a job with good pay. i will fight like the dickens
of his campaign, mitt romney's campaign is focused on jump-starting the defense and economic message with many republicans pressing him to sharpen his tone. looking to restore confidence in his campaign, a defiantly optimistic mitt romney rallied supporters under the lights in denver late sunday. >> i need your help. we have got to stand together. we have got to work together. we're taking back america. we must keep this nation the hope of the earth! >> reporter: earlier romney refused to concede he's an underdog in a series of battleground states and accused the president of consistently distorting his positions. >> i'm not going to try to fool people into making people think things he doesn't. he's trying to fool people to make them believe i think things that i don't. and that ends during the debate. >> reporter: privately romney and the president have been preparing for the debates, the first here in denver next week, but publicly the two campaigns are trying to lower expectations, even complimenting their opponent's debate skills. for his part on "60 minutes," president obama de
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